REGISTER NOW for the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

On March 27 and 28, 2019, in Ottawa, Ontario, we’re hosting the Families in Canada Conference 2019 (#FAM2019) – a national, pan-Canadian conference with simultaneous satellite events co-hosted by university partners across Canada.

At this unique and inclusive series of events, we’re bringing together diverse leaders from across the country who study, serve and support families in Canada – and people with lived experiences – for two days of knowledge-sharing and catalytic conversation on the conference theme: THINK BIG: How can we use “Big Data” to inform and inspire big ideas to optimize family well-being in Canada?

REGISTER NOW to join us for the national conference in Ottawa or at one of the satellite events co-hosted by university partners across Canada!


#FAM2019 Sponsor: Mental Health Commission of Canada

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a sponsor of the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) leads the development and dissemination of innovative programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians. Through its unique mandate from the Government of Canada, the MHCC supports federal, provincial and territorial governments as well as organizations in the implementation of sound public policy.


#FAM2019 Partner: Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada is a partner of the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

Statistics Canada is the national statistical office. The agency ensures Canadians have the key information on Canada’s economy, society and environment that they require to function effectively as citizens and decision makers.

Learn more about #FAM2019 partners and sponsors


#FAM2019 Satellite Events

The list of #FAM2019 satellite events keeps growing! Click on the links below to learn more or to register!


“Think Big” with leaders who study, serve and support families!

Donna S. Lero, PhD
University of Guelph
University Professor Emerita, Department of Family Relations

Donna S. Lero co-founded the Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being at the University of Guelph, where she led a research program on public policies, workplace practices and family supports. Her research and policy work focus on integrating paid work and care across the life course, including parental leave, child care, and caregiving for adults and seniors with disabilities or chronic health conditions.


Edy-Claude Okalla Bana, PhD, LMFT,  RSW
Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Registered Social Worker, Registered Psychotherapist
Humaine Harmonie

Before founding Humaine Harmonie, Edy-Claude Okalla Bana was involved in a variety of organizations providing help to families. One of Edy-Claude’s fields of interest is the family impact of constant Internet use. He works with various organizations on Employee Assistance Programs.


Catherine Dubuc
Co-Founder and Producer,
Unequivocally Family Project

Underpinned by her lived experience with the subject matter, Catherine Dubuc is the co-founder of the Unequivocally Family project. She is passionate about the audiovisual platform through which the lives of Canadian LGBTQ2 families are brought into mainstream discourse on family dynamics. Mother of two dynamic girls, Catherine is an activist for the LGBTQ2 community. With her partner, Louise Lafleur, and her children by her side, together they are Unequivocally Family.


Norah Keating
Director, Global Social Issues on Ageing

Norah Keating is an academic, a mentor, a researcher in families and aging and a family caregiver. She lives in Summerland and Edmonton. At the conference, Norah will speak about her journey of caring for parents and for same-generation family members and friends.


Zayn Khamis
Sales Execution, Kraft Heinz

Zayn Khamis has always been driven by innovative solutions to make large-scale impacts. He has carried this out as a molecular biologist by creating a patent-pending vaccine. He has since worked in the food industry, started a non-profit and has a fascination with the intersection of health and technology. After seeing the burden placed on family caregivers, he became interested in the ways employers can support them and the roles that technology, policy and societal attitudes play in impacting their well-being.


Louise Lafleur
Co-Founder and Photographer,
Unequivocally Family Project

Louise Lafleur’s approach to contemplative photography is one that is anchored in “Miksang,” synchronizing both the eye and mind toward her subjects. Passionate about others’ passions, Louise is intrigued by human connection and the naturally unfolding energies experienced between photographer and subject. Few things in life compare to the touching of a soul to her lens.


Mark Stolow
CEO/President, Canadian Caregiver Network/Huddol

Mark Stolow is a seasoned social entrepreneur and change marketer. In 2004, he co-founded the Canadian Caregiver Network, which grew into the largest caregiver learning network in the country. His most recent impact initiative is Huddol, a social collaboration network that helps Canadians co-create solutions to human health care challenges. For more than 18 years, Mark has helped to inform a more progressive Canadian health care agenda through policy and program development, research and breakthrough communications initiatives.


Research Lightning Round

The first day of the #FAM2019 conference will include a Research Lightning Round, where presenters will share information and insights on innovative research, programs and projects focused on families and family well-being. Fast-paced, engaging and inspiring, the Research Lightning Round will provide delegates with a snapshot of leading and emerging activities and initiatives under way across Canada, along with opportunities to connect and collaborate.

More to come – stay tuned!


More than just a conference!

Through panel discussions with leaders from diverse professions, disciplines and backgrounds, as well as those with lived experiences, we’ll THINK BIG to share and develop BIG IDEAS for learning about families (e.g. new and evolving research methods and data sources) and BIG IDEAS for facilitating family well-being (e.g. creating new ways to measure “family well-being” and the research and knowledge networks necessary to move from research to action).

#FAM2019 isn’t just a conference – organizations and individuals from multiple fields and disciplines will gather to connect to form robust knowledge and resource networks; collaborate to share interdisciplinary research and cross-cultural/cross-sectoral insights on families in Canada; and create and cultivate a Family Well-Being Index, a Family Researchers Network, a Social Policy Monitor and more!

More information on the Families in Canada Conference 2019, including details on panels and presenters, will be available in the next #FAM2019 eNewsletter.


Published on March 6, 2019